The Cheapskates Guide to Parsimony Part I
I will readily confess (under the guise of a pseudonym) to being a bit of a miser when it comes to household goods. I find it hard to justify paying full freight for the brand that dances the samba on TV and promises to improve my love life when I know full well that the plain-white-wrapper model will do its intended job just fine. But there are some things it just does not pay to cheap out on. So, for the benefit of wannabe cheapskates everywhere, I present my lists of items it’s safe to skimp on—and others you’d best pony up for the samba model. Enjoy this exclusive 5-part Guide to Parsimony!
Hand soap—At least for those of us with a Y chromosome, there is little obvious benefit to spending $14 on a hand soap that smells like verbena and lemon. Whatever verbena is, anyway. The $1.69 Wal-Mart brand will get your hands just as clean for much less cash.
Pay the Piper:
Facial and Toilet Tissue—While it's perfectly all right to skimp on paper towels, those usually only come in contact with your hands. When you're dealing with your nose and other sensitive areas, however, you really don't want to go with something closely resembling burlap. That can lead to uncomfortable irritation!. Be kind to your nose and step up to Kleenex or Puffs. Be kind to, ah, yeah... and don't buy the 1-ply cheapo brand.
Check back next week for part 2 of The Cheapskates Guide to Parsimony
I've experienced the crepe paper inspired toilet tissue in France (it often was pink and was issued per-sheet). Thankfully, England and Ireland loos had "normal" toilet tissue...but then again, there were our days out on the trail on the side of a mountain in Ireland (in the pouring rain) where we weren't afforded that luxury. ;-) Even though using the woods is nostalgic for us outdoorsy folk and reminds us that we can "rough it," these experiences make one appreciate Charmin all the more. ;-)